Florida politics

Just as the doors close on the presidential race, candidates are lining up to run for Florida governor in 2018.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is the first Democrat to announce his candidacy. There’s also been speculation that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has his eye on the governor’s mansion.

South Florida Republicans voted to block House Democrats’ efforts to force President Trump to release his tax returns last night.

Representative Bill Pascrell, (D-NJ) put forward the resolution to “request the tax return information of Donald J. Trump for tax years 2006 through 2015” for review by the House Ways and Means Committee.

Pascrell argued that information about Trump’s businesses, debts, and creditors is essential to decipher any potential conflicts of interest and ties to Russia that spring from his global real estate and branding empire.

WUSF News

Florida lawmakers are poised to return to Tallahassee for the March 7 start of the 2017 legislative session.

They will grapple with hundreds of bills during the 60-day session, while also trying to reach agreement on a state budget that will top $80 billion. Here are 10 big issues to watch:

A large number of the nearly 1,000 political committees active in Florida provide information to the public that is often vague and doesn't fully explain what they do.

Twenty-one-year-old Representative Amber Mariano is vowing to put the “fresh” in freshman as the youngest woman ever elected to the Florida House.

Florida’s first openly gay Hispanic legislator says he will push for state funding to help his Central Florida constituents recover from the nation’s worst mass slaying.

Kyle Holsten / WLRN

In what will likely be his last trip to Miami as sitting president, President Barack Obama campaigned Thursday afternoon on behalf of the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, at Florida International University’s south campus.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

The Aug. 30 election will be  the first to host elections in  the newly redrawn state and federal congressional districts.

Rowan Moore Gerety / WLRN

Next year’s state budget boasts what Governor Scott has called record funding for K-12 education. After deep cuts spurred by the Recession, per-pupil spending, known as FEFP, or Florida Education Finance Program has indeed hit a new high—but not when you account for inflation.

Rubio's Exit Disappoints Kids Too

Mar 16, 2016
Kate Stein / WLRN

 

 

Although they can't vote, kids were disappointed by Marco Rubio's exit from the Republican presidential nomination race on Tuesday. Several who attended Rubio's exit speech at Florida International University began crying after the senator announced his decision. And a group of students and friends from Florida Christian School say they'll miss working on the campaign.

 

The Florida Primary: Who Voted and Why

Mar 15, 2016
John Power / WLRN

South Florida voters shared their thoughts, voiced their opinions and told us which candidates they voted for in the Florida primary election. Listen to them talk about why. 

Edward Hannaway, voted for Bernie Sanders

"If the guy was a street sweeper I'd vote for him."

Linda Lane, voted for Hillary Clinton

"Probably everything that's opposite of what the Republicans stand for."

Elise Marilles, voted for Bernie Sanders

Why Vote? (When You Could Be On Miami Beach)

Mar 15, 2016
Pietro and Silvia / Flickr

           It was 85 degrees and breezy with a spotless sky on Miami Beach Tuesday afternoon—not exactly weather to make you roll up your towel and head for the polls.  K’Teyah Dumoy, sprawled in the sand with family visiting from Canada, says she usually votes. But Tuesday? "It’s such a perfect day at the beach, so..."

Tom Hudson

Just days away from the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba in 88 years, the White House announced another set of changes to American travel, trade and financial policies toward Cuba. The further easing of restrictions and the presidential trip come as three leading congressmen expect a vote before the end of the year on removing either the travel ban or the 54-year-old trade embargo.

Rubio Suspends Campaign After Trump Takes Florida

Mar 15, 2016
Paul Sancya / AP

Republican Marco Rubio of Miami suspended his campaign Tuesday night after losing his home state to Donald Trump.

Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton were victors in the Florida presidential primary.

Florida was do-or-die for Rubio. Florida's 99 Republican delegates are awarded on a winner-take-all basis.

"While this may not have been the year for an optimistic message, I still remain hopeful and optimistic about America," Rubio told his supporters Tuesday evening.

Pages